Previously, Mr. Balgenorth was business manager/financial secretary of Local 441 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He entered the construction trades as an apprentice electrician in 1965, and graduated as “apprentice of year” in 1969.
Mr. Balgenorth was a founding member and is co‐chair of the Get REAL Coalition, which advocates for the strengthening of career technical education courses in California’s schools. He serves on several other boards and commissions, including the California Apollo Alliance; chair of California Unions for Reliable Energy (CURE); vice president of the California Labor Federation, AFL‐CIO; the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy (CFEE); the Consumer Federation of California; California Forward; the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV); the California Workforce Investment Board; and the Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley Labor Center.
Mr. Balgenorth previously served as chair of the California Transportation Commission, the Commission on Building for the 21st Century , the California Apprenticeship Council, the Southern California IBEW/NECA Pension Trust, and the California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA). In 2005, Mr. Balgenorth received the Byron Sher Environmental Leadership Award from the California League of Conservation Voters.
Appointed by the Senate Rules Committee on March 24, 2011.